Adelaide | South Australia
NEO BLUES MUSIC
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Since their humble beginnings winning the 2014 ARBA award for 'Most Outstanding New Act' THE ASSOCIATES have truly developed into one of Australia's most uniquely new and exciting neo Blues acts. Within 2 short years The Associates have quickly become a regular at Australian festivals including Mordi, Geetroit, Blenheim, Echuca, Semaphore and Bendigo, along with premier venues such as the Cherrybar (Melbourne), Lazybones (Sydney), and the Gov (Adelaide).
Their debut album 'Red Dress' was tracked in various studios around Adelaide from April to June '14, with the guys heading to Nashville for final production and mixing with Andrija Tokic in July. Tokic mixed the Grammy nominated smash debut album for the Alabama Shakes 'Boys & Girls'. The album also features some of Nashville's best musos including the late Ikey Owens from the 'Jack White band' & 'The Mars Volta' on hammond, rhodes & farfisa. Red Dress incredibly hit no.1 on the iTunes Blues charts in Australia.
The guys are now well into recording their follow up to Red Dress .....they've just completed tracking in LA with 7 time Grammy winner Jim Scott as engineer and producer (Rolling Stones, Tedeschi Trucks, Sting, Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters). To mix the new album (expected to be called 'Tales of a Rich Girl') the Associates have secured the services of Nashville based Vance Powell. Powell's credits include Grammys with Jack White and the Dixie Chicks. The album is to be mixed in late February '17 with a release date soon after.
.....needless to say their excitement and expectation is high!!
Most recent news, the Associates were Semi-Finalists at the 33rd International Blues Challenge held in Memphis (Tennessee USA) February ‘17. Here, they represented ARBA as 1 of around 4 bands from Australia along with approx 300 acts from all over the globe. This the 33rd version of the IBC held significant profile within the global blues music community. Industry representatives come from all around the world came to hear some of the best bands and performers right on Beale St - the heart of Blues Music territory. The success The Associates achieved on this stage has lead to global exposure and a significant increase in their profile. A groudswell of interest is gathering from all corners of the globe in The Associates since their outstanding performances at the IBC. Anticipation for their second album release is high.
Lastly, Lighthouse Records based in Byron Bay have asked The Associates to place a song on their 2016 'Indie Legends' compilation album to be released as part of the Splendour in the Grass Festival. This will work hand in hand with the soon to be release Red Dress video produced as part of World Vision's #nochildforsale campaign raising awareness of childhood sex slavery specifically in Brazil. The Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, the issue of sex slavery remains a driving passion for the band and a huge influence in their artistic direction.
Be sure to catch the guys live for a night of screamin' blues, soul and funk, or check out their FB, Twitte or Instagram for everything The Associates!!!!